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This week 09-08-15

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. Ready for the big show?

I had to go to the dermatologist a couple of weeks ago. I had a mole on my forehead that was making me crazy. I've done this before and it has always been a 20 minute surgical procedure with stitches and scalpels and stuff. So I was ready for it. I was sitting in this chair that was like a very upright LazyBoy with my feet not touching the ground. The nurse walked in and asked me a few questions, then the doctor came in. She was very nice and told me she was going to examine me and don't worry if I didn't understand what she was saying. The nurse sat down with a little computer and the doctor started saying a bunch of medical terms all ending with "noma" and "gen".. I was starting to think that if I really had all the stuff she was saying that this might be my last day??? She smiled and said she would be right back and that the nurse would get me ready…. Maybe I wasn't going to die?? The nurse wiped the mole off and then stuck me with shot to deaden it. When the Doctor came back in I told her I also had a place on my left temple that itched and asked if she could fix that too. She said that was no big deal, that it was because of my ancestors (I guess Irish fair skin) and because that's the side the sun hits when I drive. She reached in a cabinet and pulled out a canister that looked like a small fire extinguisher with a trigger. She said it was liquid Nitrogen and that it would hit my face at -90 degrees and freeze my skin.. unh?.. "Ready?" ..shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. It burns a little bit, I wondered if my eye was going to freeze too? .. "There!" She said. Then she walked around behind me from my left side to my right side where the mole was and said "All done, Is there anything else we can do for you today?" .I said "what about the mole?" She said "We'll send you the results, keep the band-aid on for the rest of the day." I reached up and sure enough there was a band-aid where the mole used to be. I had totally missed it. She had taken the mole off, put antibiotic on it and covered it with a band-aid. When did she do that? I was so distracted by the liquid nitrogen thing that I missed the big show..    

God's like that: I get asked theological questions all the time, things like: "Mack, Can you explain the Trinity to me?".."Mack, can you tell me how evolution fits in to the Bible?" .. "Mack, can you explain the book of Revelation to me?" .. Usually I'll make some attempt but really the answer is "NO" I can't explain it. There are thousands of books written on each one of these by people who know way more about it than I do but even those people are guessing. To me this kind of stuff is just a distraction. It would be like someone telling me about a great war hero and how they had saved a bunch of people's lives and me asking what color were their camo's or were they right handed or left handed .. I had one great question last week: "I'm a lawyer, but what I really want to do is mentor kids in the inner city. I want to change their lives and show them how Christ has changed my life. Mack, how do I do that?" I can talk about that all day. This guy wants to get in the big show.. God put us all here for the big show. Ready?

I wonder what happens if you stick your tongue to liquid nitrogen?
Maybe I'll try it next time I go.


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

So you're sitting at home, nothing in the fridge. A few potatoes only.. This is going to be a really ordinary meal. Right? Why? Why can't it be a great meal. The difference is a few cloves of garlic, tarragon(dry is ok), thyme(dry is ok), onions. All things you should have handy. The mushrooms are optional. How about a fried egg on top instead? Melted cheese? Fake it. But eat well..
Baked Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Ragù

8 baking potatoes (4 pounds)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for rubbing
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 pounds mixed wild mushrooms
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 white onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup beef stock or low-sodium broth
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
2 teaspoons chopped thyme

Preheat the oven to 425°. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and rub with oil. Bake for 1 hour, or until tender when pierced.

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, melt the butter in the oil. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, 20 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are deeply browned, 8 minutes. Add the wine and cook until evaporated. Stir in the stock, tarragon and thyme and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Slit the potatoes and fluff the insides with a fork. Season with salt and transfer to plates. Spoon the mushroom ragù onto the potatoes and serve.

One Serving 366 cal, 14 gm fat, 2.7 gm sat fat, 51 gm carb, 5.5 gm fiber.


Posted by Mack Oates at 12:26 PM